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New Zealand opener Martin Guptill has been ruled out of the limited overs series against Pakistan later this month due to a calf strain.
Guptill sustained the injury while preparing for a first-class game with Auckland this week. As a result, he will be out of action for four to six weeks.
“Unfortunately for Martin it will take him some time to get over this injury,” selector Gavin Larsen was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo. “And, with a long summer ahead, we need to make sure we minimise the risk of him repeating it.”
With New Zealand A playing Pakistan A in the United Arab Emirates, two members from the squad were to be drafted into the national team.
However, with Guptill sidelined, there is another spot that has opened up.
“[Head coach] Gary Stead and I will work through the possible replacement options,” Larsen said. “We now have three spots to fill in the T20 and one-day squads.”
The three-match Twenty20 series between New Zealand and Pakistan begins on October 31 in Abu Dhabi, while the three-match ODI series gets underway on November 7 at the same venue.